HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

Tigers Overpower Sonblazers 49-0

Host Cobre Indians in First District Game

By Mike Tooley

HERALD Publisher

Before the SonBlazers could get their offense untracked, the Tigers of Hot Springs High had scored two touchdowns with two 2-point conversions to lead the visitors 16-0 midway through the first quarter.

An on-sides kick on the first possession of the game backfired on the Sonblazers, giving the Tigers the ball on the Tigers 44 yard line. In six plays, the Tigers powered their first touchdown of the evening into the Sonblazers end zone when Sajid Porras raced seven yards for the score. The TD came with 8:56 remaining on the clock and, with their first 2-point conversion, the Tigers led 8-0.

The SonBlazers didn’t even get to see their offense on the field following the kickoff, as their return team fumbled the ball, with the Tigers recovering on the SonBlazer 22 yard line. Cody Moore recovered the ball for the Tigers.

That set up the second Tiger score with Tiger Quarterback Darin Welty hitting Moore on a 14-yard pass play that gave the Tigers their second touchdown. The Tigers were up 16-0 with 8:31 remaining in the first stanza.

When the SonBlazers finally got their offense on the field, they drove the ball from their own 30 yard line to the Tiger 7 yard line before a tough Tiger defense held them on downs.

With 1 minute and 11 seconds remaining in the first period, fans were brought to their feet for the second time this year by running back Nick Moreno. On the first play from scrimmage, Moreno broke through the SonBlazer secondary and race toward the visitors goal line with SonBlazer defenders in hot pursuit. One of the SonBlazers speedy backs was just able to catch Moreno at the two yard line, setting up the Tigers’ third score of the quarter. SonBlazer defenders jumped off side on the following play to move the ball to their own one yard line, with Quinton Montoya crashing over for the score. The 2-point conversion gave the Tigers a comfortable lead of 24-0.

In the first period, the Tiger defense had held the SonBlazers to a negative eight yards rushing, but in the air, the SonBlazers connected on three of seven passes for 54 yards.

Offensively, the ball changed hands four times during the second period, with both teams containing their counterparts. It was that second possession by the Tigers that started on their own 20-yard line that capitalized on another touchdown. Moreno raced over the SonBlazer goal for the TD and with the two-point conversion, the Tigers led 32-0 at halftime. The TD drive saw the Tigers run the ball on two plays, however, what made the drive was Welty who completed four passes of four attempts for a total of 65 yards.

After deferring at the coin-toss, the SonBlazers received the ball to start the second half, but they were only able to run three plays and were forced to punt, turning over the ball to the Tigers on the Tiger 40 yard line. With seven straight running plays, the Tigers moved the ball to the SonBlazer end zone with Welty pulling a switch and passing to Moreno, who crashed over from one yard out for the touchdown. Moreno’s kick for the PAT gave the Tigers their 39th and final points of the game.

Neither team could muster a score in the fourth quarter, even though the Tigers had two possessions, which controlled the clock for the entire quarter. The SonBlazers had the ball for only four plays in the final stanza. Two incomplete passes and two running plays that gave them a negative 12 yards rushing.

FIRST DISTRICT OUTING FRIDAY

In their first District 3-4A game, the Tigers will be hosting the Cobre Indians in Tiger Stadium Friday night, Oct. 10. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

The Indians and the Tigers both have won three games and lost two this season. Cobre has scored 92 points in five games and allowed 75, while the Tigers have scored a total of 117 points in five games allowing 74 points per game.

Cobre has wins over Morenci, Ariz. 20-9; Ysleta 20-12, and Tularosa 28-0. Their losses have been to Robertson 14-6 and Lordsburg 40-18.

Comparable games have had the Tigers defeating Tularosa 20-13 and the Tigers lost to Lordsburg 30-14.

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